Show ContentsCella History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Cella and its many variations are all rooted in the Old Italian words "cellaio" or "cellario," which mean "butler." Thus the name was derived from the occupation of the first bearers of the name. Alternatively, it is also quite probably that some instances of this surname were derived from place-names such as Cella in Lombardy, Celle, Tuscany, or Cellino, Venice.

Early Origins of the Cella family

The surname Cella was first found in Pistoia, where the Cellesi family originates. The earliest records of bearers of this name date back to a record of the Cella family of Cremona in 1160. In 1200, a member of the Cellesi family of Pistoia was master of the bishops in the city and thus was responsible for appointing new individuals.

Early History of the Cella family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cella research. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1500, and 1670 are included under the topic Early Cella History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cella Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Celi, Celli, Cella, Cellotti, Cellini, Cellesi, Cieli, Cielo, Celini, Celìn, Celotti, Celotto, Celozzi, Celoni, Celn, Celona and many more.

Early Notables of the Cella family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Baccio Cellini, born in 1447 in Florence, who was famous for his intricate and complicated decorations; Benvenuto Cellini goldsmith, sculptor and engraver born in...
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United States Cella migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cella Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Petro Cella, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1878
  • Giovanni Cella, who arrived in Colorado in 1886 [1]
  • Agostino Cella, who arrived at Ellis Island, New York in 1896

Contemporary Notables of the name Cella (post 1700) +

  • Charles J. Cella (1936-2017), American President of Southern Real Estate and Financial Company, executive in the American Thoroughbred horse racing industry and a racehorse owner
  • Len Cella, American film actor and director
  • Giancarlo Cella (b. 1940), Italian professional football coach and a former player

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook